Family History Research in the South of Scotland

Relatively Scottish offers family history research covering anywhere in Scotland. However we specialize in Dumfries & Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Here are the ways that I can help you :

  • Family history research especially to help you knock down that brick wall. Are you having difficulty with any Scottish family history research ?  Perhaps you’ve reached an impasse ?   See if my local knowledge can help. Happy to help with small or large problems (minimum of 2 hours research) with Scotlandspeople or any other archives. Let me know your problem via the Contact Me page.
  • Looking for specialist parish sources for Dumfriesshire and Liddesdale ? These complement conventional sources like OPRs and Monumental Inscriptions, and can often get you to the next level without the need to carry out research in Scotland.   They include rentals from the Buccleuch Estates, Indexes of Irregular Marriages and Illegitimate Births from the Kirk Session records, Hearth Tax records and Militia Lists from the Napoleonic period in 1802. These are really useful when you’re chasing ancestors before 1840. There are currently around 40 different documents available and it is constantly being added to. They are all transcriptions of original sources carried out carefully by Relatively Scottish. Many of these are available free of charge and there is a small charge for others. I’m also keen to hear about any documents you would like me to add to this collection.
  • Talks and presentations on Scottish Genealogy subjects.  From time to time I participate in international online conferences and events on Scottish Genealogy.  Details of previous talks that Relatively Scottish has done for Scottish Indexes Virtual Conferences can be found here.

Useful Archives

Relatively Scottish exists to provide research on family history in Scottish archives for customers anywhere in the world.  Therefore I take a flexible approach and can provide specific research to order in any supported archive.  Alternatively I can focus on one or more branches of a family tree for you.

I live in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders and can carry out research at many of the Scottish archives covering south and central Scotland.  This includes the major national archives in Edinburgh like the National Records of Scotland and Scotlandspeople. There are also excellent regional archives such as the Heritage Hub in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Dumfries and Galloway Archives are in the Ewart Library in Dumfries. My own family tree has primary branches in Dumfriesshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Banffshire. As a direct descendant from the infamous border reivers I have a keen interest in reiver genealogy. – you’ll find more information about this on the Reiver Genealogy pages.

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